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Use these databases to find production reviews in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Search the play's title and author's name.
In some databases you can limit your searches to theatre reviews or reviews.
Reviews Published in Newspapers
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)
Access to news, business, governmental and legal sources.
New York Times (nytimes.com)
Full and unlimited access to all of the content on The New York Times web site. Users must register and log in.
New York Times Historical Newspaper
Includes full page images of the New York Daily Times (1851-1857) and the New York Times (1857-2017).
Los Angeles Times
One of the largest metropolitan newspapers in the U.S.
Los Angeles Times Historical Newspaper (1881-1996)
Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue of the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
London Times Digital Archive
Since its first publication in 1785, The Times (London) has become one of the most preeminent, global daily (except Sundays) newspapers of the 18th century through the early 21st century, covering international events, people, places, politics, business news, opinion and debate, entertainment, and advertising.
Provides cover-to-cover full text for national (U.S.) newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post and The Washington Times. The database also contains selective full text for regional (U.S.) newspapers. Also includes international news sources including The Times (London), The Toronto Star and others.
Reviews Published in Journals and Magazines
Academic Search Premier
A multidisciplinary database containing full text journal, magazine & newspaper articles, many from peer-reviewed titles.
Research Library (ProQuest)
Features the full text of a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines and newspapers
Performing Arts Periodicals Database
Provides indexing, abstracts and some full-text, for international periodicals. Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
MLA International Bibliography
The key database for identifying scholarly books, essays, articles, and dissertations on modern literature and related subjects.
An interdisciplinary journal archive. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
Interdisciplinary database includes books and articles from scholarly publishers with focus on humanities and social science.
Provides fulltext access to popular press publications, including magazines and selected newspapers
Where's The Fulltext?
There are three methods for obtaining the actual articles you wish to read:
Method 1: In some databases, you will be able to link directly to the fulltext article. Look around, as different databases have different interfaces. Look for a link or buttons that says "Check for Full Text" or Download PDF or similar. If given the choice between a PDF or HTML version of the article, always choose the PDF format. This will give you an exact image, including page numbers, of the article as it appears in the paper journal.
Method 2: If a direct link to full text is not available, then look for a link that checks for fulltext in Primo Search to see if the library subscribes to the journal.
Method 3: Use Interlibrary Loan. See box below.
If your article is not available at Collins Library, you've got another option to getting it. Use Tipasa, our interlibrary loan service.
Once you have an account, either go directly to Tipasa and manually enter the information, or, if you're using a database, look for a shortcut link to automatically fill out the form.
Allow at least a week for the article to come. If your article is delivered in electronic format, you'll receive an email with a link to follow as soon as it's arrived. If it's delivered in paper, you'll receive it right in your campus mailbox.
Examples of Reviews
Gavrila, R. (2007). Equus. Theatre Journal, 59(4), 674-676.
The combination of obsession, sexuality, and adoration becomes as much about Alan Strang's relationship with his horses as it does about an audience's flocking to see a production that features nudity, sexuality, and celebrity's qualities that clearly continue to define the revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus.
Ramsey, W. (2012, Mar 29). Equus. The Stage, 20.
London Classic Theatre's 2012 production of Equus
Als, H. (2009, Sep 07). The critics: The theatre: Girls will be boys. The New Yorker, 85, 82-83.
A production of Euripides' "The Bacchae," directed by JoAnne Akalaitis at the Delacorte Theater in New York City during summer 2009, is reviewed. The show uses the 1996 translation by Nicholas Rudall.
Milhous, J. (2005). Euripides' "The Bacchae" by Kneehigh Theatre. Western European Stages, 17(2), 19-22.
Kneehigh Theatre presented Euripides' "The Bacchae," directed by Emma Rice, at the Lyric Hammersmith in London, England, on November 3, 2004.